Welcome to Community Door's information portal about seniors.

There were around 3.3 million older Australians (over 65) in 2012, representing one in every seven people (14 per cent). This proportion has risen from 13.3 per cent in 2009 and 12.6 per cent in 2003. Around half of Australia's older population (1.7 million or 7.5 per cent of Australians) have a disability. 

The Queensland Government has recently released Queensland: an age-friendly community, providing a framework that builds on the existing work and investment of the government.

Older Australians generally want to remain independent and in control of how and where they live; to stay connected and relevant to their families and communities; and be able to exercise some measure of choice over their care. 

Older people make a significant contribution to the economy:

  • They spend $895 million on domestic travel annually.
  • They donate generously to charity. In the 1999-2000 tax year, over 65s accounted for 22 per cent of total donations while earning only 7 per cent of the population’s income.
  • Their unpaid work as carers and volunteers is valued at almost $39 billion per year.

Seniors can also experience specific mental health issues.

In this section you will find current news, resources and other information on topics relating to senior Australians.

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Carers Link is a quality provider of personalised care for people with disability, frail older people, and carers. They are inviting people to join their focus group, to provide your input on the issues that affect your accessibility to the community, and what information might address these issues...
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On 17 July the Honourable Curtis Pitt MP, Treasurer, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, spoke about the state budget and how it will impact on the community service sector at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast. You can...
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The 2016 Australian of the Year Awards are now open for nomination. Each year our nation celebrates the achievement and contribution of eminent Australians through the Australian of the Year Awards by profiling leading citizens who are role models for us all. They inspire us through their...
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Whether you’re over 65, approaching the later years, or supporting a family member, friend or client living with mental illness, planning ahead is important for all of us. Planning ahead is about preparing for issues related to living arrangements; physical and mental healthcare; and legal,...
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Seniors Week 2015, from 15 to 23 August, will bring Queenslanders of all ages together to celebrate the valuable contributions older people make to our communities. Last year was a huge success with 260 Partner organisations hosting 457 events throughout Queensland. Queensland Seniors Week 2015 is...
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beyondblue has developed free training materials for volunteers that support older people in residential or community aged care settings. The materials are delivered by volunteer managers or coordinators as part of volunteer’s orientation or ongoing training. Volunteers will learn about: Anxiety...
Centacare Brisbane are hosting some exciting workshops in February and March 2015. FINDING COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS TO HOARDING IN BRISBANE Presented by hoarding expert, author & researcher Dr Christiana Bratiotis. You are invited to participate in a unique opportunity to learn about how USA...
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland currently coordinates Seniors Week and receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and to subsidise Seniors Week events and activities. Starting on Saturday 15 August Seniors Week 2015 will run through to Sunday 23 August - 9 days of...
The KISA phone is the first mobile phone in Australia that can finally make mobile technology affordable and accessible to everyone. The phone has been designed in conjunction with the community and several major associations including those supporting the disabled and vision impaired. The KISA...
Pensioners renting in the private market are still struggling to meet the costs of a basic standard of living. QCOSS’ annual report examining the cost of living pressures facing pensioners shows that a single pensioner renting a one bedroom apartment in Brisbane earns $13 per week less than is...

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